Logan Lucky Parent Guide
While the movie may be entertaining, the messages about lying, stealing and bomb making may be troublesome for many family viewers.
Parent Movie Review
It seems even Steven Soderbergh can’t resist the Hollywood trend to reuse, remake and rerelease. While this acclaimed director is certainly skilled enough to produce an engaging movie, Logan Lucky is, essentially, a hillbilly remake of the Ocean’s movies he was remaking during the last decade.
Instead of suave and sophisticated George Clooney heading up the large cast of thieves, this time we have Channing Tatum playing war vet Jimmy Logan. Left with a leg injury from service in Iraq, Jimmy is fired from his earth moving job at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in the opening minutes of the film after an HR minion noticed he walks with a limp. The cruel and heartless termination is the perfect setup for us to root for this blue-collar boy when he hatches an idea: return to his former workplace and steal a truckload of cash from a central depository buried under the raceway.
Next, we need a team. Jimmy’s brother Clyde (Adam Driver) is an obvious first choice, despite his loss of a hand, also a sacrifice made on behalf of his country. And their sister Mellie (Riley Keough) is game to help too. Recognizing they need someone who has “professional” experience, the siblings seek out an old buddy in their small Virginia community who happens to be in prison. Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) is an explosive safecracker and even though he says he’s not interested, Jimmy quickly convinces him otherwise after revealing Joe’s former girlfriend robbed his hidden stash of previous profits.
This PG-13 film has numerous profanities, including a sexual expletive, crude finger gesture and a pickup truckload of scatological terms. Yet, luckily, in other areas it doesn’t push the limits of its rating. Frequent alcohol consumption fuels most of the altercations, including a bar fight that leads to a car being set ablaze. Plus, there’s a detailed scene of how to make a bomb with a few things from around the house. Sexual content is limited to many short skirts and other revealing clothing on women.
But parental concerns in media aren’t always about sex and violence. Following in the steps of the Ocean’s movies and other recent releases, like the latest Going in Style, it’s the themes in this story that should be carefully considered. Stealing money is a glamourous business in movies and even those who go to jail are seen living a life better than most elderly people would expect in a care home. There are little or no consequences for these illegal activities and even assaults are glossed over with comedic outcomes. As well, you may want to remind any young viewers that the success of these criminals relies on a bundle of beneficial coincidences.
There’s no denying that Logan Lucky is a fun film to view and offers an interesting portrait of life in the south without exploiting harmful stereotypes too much. Yet the stylized, creative camera work and precise editing are a thin veneer covering a message that lying, cheating and stealing are the basis of good luck.Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig. Running time: 119 minutes. Theatrical release August 18, 2017. Updated August 17, 2017
Rating & Content Info
Why is Logan Lucky rated PG-13? Logan Lucky is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for language and some crude comments.
Violence: A main character is missing a hand: the stump of his wrist is seen and so is the prosthetic arm/hand. Characters briefly discuss injuries acquired while serving in the military. Characters get into brawls and fist-fights: some bloody injuries, black eyes and a broken nose result. A character sets a man’s truck on fire. Shoplifting, juvenile crimes and past jail time are mentioned. A character is incarcerated for robbery and setting explosives. Characters construct bombs, set off explosives, break out of jail, commit robbery, set fires and take hostages. Characters speed, drive recklessly (and without a license), steal cars and intentionally crash vehicles. Cars get in accidents during a race. A character is put in solitary confinement. Characters rationalize, lie, accept bribes and falsify insurance claims.
Sexual Content: A child competes in a beauty contest and expresses body image concerns. Female characters wear tight and skimpy clothing (some that reveal underwear). Some sexual innuendo is heard. Inappropriate touching is mentioned. A character vomits. A man is seen in his boxer shorts. A couple kisses.
Profanity: A sexual expletive is used once, and a couple of finger gestures are shown. Frequent use of scatological slang. Infrequent use of mild profanity and terms of deity. Name calling and slurs are heard.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink frequently, at home, in bars, at sporting events and in social settings. One of the main characters is a bartender. A man in publicly pressured into drinking alcohol. Characters smoke infrequently. A medical injection and IV are shown.
Page last updated August 17, 2017
More parents' guide for Logan Lucky after the break...
Logan Lucky Parents' Guide
The Logan brothers (played by Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) feel justified in committing a robbery. Why? How does the script build sympathy for them? What other characters do illegal things, or are easily persuaded to do so? Why are they the heroes of this film?
Many of the characters presented in this movie tell lies. How does pride, greed or self-pity help them to rationalize their falsehoods? Is there ever a good reason to misrepresent the truth? How do some of the characters take advantage of the lies others tell?
How does the story depict people from West Virginia? Does it play on stereotypes? What other groups does it poke fun of? How do you feel about these representations?
News About "Logan Lucky"
In this movie, the characters decide to steal money from the ticket take of a car race. Check here to learn more about the real Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
From the Studio: Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. The production shot at Charlotte Motor Speedway during the actual NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America 500, as well as at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In a fun twist, six NASCAR stars pop up in non-driver cameo roles in the film. © Bleeker Street